July 22 - 1873: The train comes to Provincetown

1911: Cottagers now settled for the summer at coast resorts
The center of Provincetown in 1911.

1873: The train comes to Provincetown

Railroads were the major way to visit Cape Cod for a century

On this day in 1873, the first train arrived at the tip of Cape Cod. The streets were bedecked with flags and streamers as 13 bright yellow coach cars, filled to capacity, pulled into Provincetown.

Above is an old photo of the Provincetown RR Station in that era.

The Cape's traditional economy was in decline. Residents were counting on the railroad to bring better times.

Summer visitors from Boston could now spend five hours on a comfortable train, instead of risking a choppy ride by steamer or enduring a two-day stagecoach trip. And they could stay in the large hotels that were built in towns all over the Cape.

The heyday of the Cape as a railroad resort came to an end when cars became the preferred mode of transportation.

In 1959 regular passenger service to Cape Cod ended.

1911: "Cottagers Now Settled for the Summer at Coast Resorts"

Many come to view the U.S. Navel Fleet off Provincetown

CAPE COD, Mass., July 22, 1911. -- Numerous automobile parties have come from the many fashionable resorts along the shores of Massachusetts to view the maneuvers of the fleet at Provincetown, causing unusual activity for Cape Cod...

Read the complete New York Times story below.

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